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Library Loot July 4-10

Library Loot is a weekly event co-hosted by Claire from The Captive Reader and Marg from The Adventures of an Intrepid Reader that encourages bloggers to share the books they’ve checked out from the library. If you’d like to participate, just write up your post-feel free to steal the button-and link it using the Mr. Linky (this week at The Captive Reader) any time during the week. And of course check out what other participants are getting from their libraries.

This week, I went to the library on Tuesday night before heading home for my roommate’s birthday dinner. With Anna Karenina on my plate and a rather lengthy list of summer reads, you’d think I’d have enough sense to limit the number of books I am taking out from the library or placing on reserve, but not so much. So… this week’s library loot:

All That I Am by Anna Funder

One Perfect Day: The Selling of the American Wedding by Rebecca Mead

Keepsake: A Novel by Kristina Riggle

Between You and Me by Emma McLaughlin and Nicola Kraus

I happened to read the review of Between You and Me over at 5 Minutes for Books the other day, and was intrigued by it. Emma McLaughlin and Nicola Kraus wrote The Nanny Diaries, which I loved and I was interested partially because I thought this novel would be something in the vein. I started it last night, and its really not. I didn’t get particularly far before I decided to take this one back and request it at a later date. It may be interesting, but when I have so many books to read, it didn’t capture my attention quite enough to stay on the shelf.

The final two books on my reserve list are art books. In case you weren’t able to ascertain this in my weekend recap this past Monday, I LOVE art. The first of these books is about my beloved Metropolitan Museum of Art- Rogue’s Gallery: The Secret Story of the Lust, Lies, Greed, and Betrayal That Made the Metropolitan Museum of Art by Michael Gross.

The second of these books is The Rescue Artist by Edward Dolnick which tells the story of the theft of Edvard Munch’s The Scream from Norway’s National Art Museum in 1994, and the hunt that followed.

Last summer, I read The Forger’s Spell, also by Dolnick which I found captivating. The world of art crime is certainly one of intrigue, and Edward Dolnick does an incredibly good job of telling it stories. I started The Rescue Artist last night and am already 38 pages in. I have the feeling I’ll be finishing this one rather quickly. 🙂

How about you? Have you picked up anything from the library this week that you’ve enjoyed?

The weekend recap: Brooklyn, the Ikea of the Met, & a bit of the unexpected

This weekend was probably one of the most restful weekends I’ve had in awhile, even as it involved a bit of travel. Friday night I finished The Calligrapher’s Daughter and tried to watch a few shows in an attempt to empty the DVR…but I found myself wanting the quiet of a book and the cool of my air conditioned room more than I wanted the noise of the television and the humidity of the living room.

On Saturday, I headed out to Brooklyn to visit a friend. We batted a few ideas about how to spend the day back and forth before settling on a trip into Manhattan to visit the Guggenheim and then Metropolitan Museum of Art (henceforth referred to as the Met). I had never been to the Guggenheim Museum before, in spite of my deep appreciation of Frank Lloyd Wright’s work, so we decided to start there.

In a word, the Guggenheim is amazing. It’s difficult not to be at least a little amazed by the the circular design with its grand height and winding ramps. The tickets to the museum come with a free audio tour,  so we spent two hours winding through the museum learning about and admiring art in the genre of Abstract Expressionism (or Art Informel) that developed in both the United States and Europe post World War II. I can’t say that I am a huge fan of abstract art and the fact that so much of it seemed so angry really threw me, but whenever I go to an art exhibit when its genre that’s not my favorite I find I learn so much more.

We followed up our time in the Guggenheim with a visit to the Met. I love the Met. I could easily spend days wondering the museum, but I find I usually only allow myself a morning, or a few hours in the afternoon to admire just a section or two. Usually, I wind up in the European painting, but on this trip I found myself in the newly renovated and reopened American Wing which I loved.

Among other things, the American Wing has period rooms which display the American domestic arts and handicrafts from the seventeenth century to the early nineteenth century. They were fun to explore, but by far my favorite part is this random section towards the back which displays art from the American wing that is not currently on display in glass cases. There were sections of furniture- with all the grandfather clocks or chairs not currently being used in a display being lined up and numbered. I called it “the Ikea of the Met” because it totally reminded me of Ikea and its serve yourself warehouse section with its letters and numbers. I jokingly started “ordering” pieces for my house.

Saturday was restful and fun and filled with art. Sunday had a bit more adventure to it as experienced some issues with my car on the way out of Brooklyn. But even with the unexpected car trouble, my weekend still managed to maintain an air of restfulness and relaxation, and I am ready for Monday in a way I haven’t been in quite awhile.

Were there many books this weekend? Not so much. Lot’s of discussion about books but not so much reading. A fabulous weekend regardless.

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